Crazy-expensive Japanese iPhone case is a handcrafted work of art

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Well, there goes this month's rent money. And the next.
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Fancy protecting your iPhone with a hand-crafted aluminum case that’s worth at least twice what you paid for the handset? Then you may be interested in SQUAIR’s Slit iPhone 7 case, a fancy new case that reflects the “stoic” sensibilities of its Japanese creators.

At $1,700 (plus tax), that’s a whole lot of stoicism.

Week’s best Apple deals: Killer prices on jet black iPhone 7, Apple accessories

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This week we've got great deals on the latest iPhone and Apple accessories.
This week we've got great deals on the latest iPhone and Apple accessories.
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We focused on Apple accessories this week, digging up some great offers on chargers, cases and keyboards. But we’ve also got a killer deal on the current-gen iPhone. You’ll find all this and more in our roundup of this week’s best Apple deals.

For Middle East elites, packing twin iPhones is a way of life

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When one iPhone is not enough. This case holds two.
When one iPhone is not enough. This case holds two.
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The animal hides used to make iPhone cases are exotic, from ostrich and stingray to American alligator. Shop for a luxury iPhone case on the website of the accessories company ullu, and you will soon spot a case that hints at an even richer lifestyle – one that holds two iPhones.

People with two phones, one for personal and the other assigned by a boss for work, is not that unusual but elites in the Middle East, where Apple has about 60 percent of the smartphone market, tend to carry two iPhones by choice.

Week’s best Apple deals: Accessorize your gadgets on the cheap

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You've got the Apple gear. Now it's time to accessorize.
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Whether you received the gifts you wanted over the holidays, or had to return something and treat yourself, you’ve probably gotten the Apple gadgets you want by now. Take this time to accessorize the ones you’ve got.

We found cases, keyboards and more for this week’s roundup best Apple deals.

Sleek iPhone 7 case puts the headphone jack back where it should be

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The biggest problem with the iPhone 7 has been solved.
The biggest problem with the iPhone 7 has been solved.
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CES2017 iPhone 7 users no longer must choose between charging their device or listening to headphones, thanks to a new case that restores the headphone jack to its rightful place.

Getting a headphone jack back on the iPhone 7 comes at the cost of some serious bulk, but with Incipio’s new OX case, at least you won’t have to carry around a dongle anymore.

New case lets photographers mount ZEISS lenses on iPhone 7

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ExoLens, which partnered with ZEISS for a pro line of iPhone lenses last year, will soon offer a protective case for the iPhone 7 to accommodate the lenses.
ExoLens, which partnered with ZEISS for a pro line of iPhone lenses last year, will soon offer a protective case for the iPhone 7 to accommodate the lenses.
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When lens maker ZEISS partnered with ExoLens to bring pro optics to the iPhone, mobile photographers had to make a choice between having great lenses or a protective case for the phone.

Now ExoLens has solved that, at least for the iPhone 7, with a protective case that will accommodate the ZEISS line of lenses. The new ExoLens Case will be on display at CES in Las Vegas this week and will be available for purchase within the next couple of months.

iXtra case brings more storage and battery life to iPhone

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This smart case will boost your iPhone in more ways than one.
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You can never have too much storage or battery life with your smartphone. The iXtra case adds more of both to your iPhone, with up to 128GB of built-in memory and up to 2,000mAh of additional juice.

It could be the perfect iPhone case, and you can claim yours now on Kickstarter.

The only iPhone case that doesn’t give Apple the middle finger

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Your iPhone deserves a case like this.
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iPhone wallet case is as rugged in the outdoors as you are

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Edward Field introduces a nylon iPhone wallet case designed for the person active outdoors.
Edward Field introduces a nylon iPhone wallet case designed for the person active outdoors.
Photo: Edward Field

Remember the fat wallets our dad’s carried? Unfortunately, cash was rarely responsible for the back pocket bulge with things like receipts, business cards, a spare key, contacts list and of course an accordion fold-out of family pictures taking up wallet real estate and stretching them into a back-breaking burden.

Today, our iPhones can carry virtually everything, our memories, our money, our contacts and even a virtual key with the right Smarthome app. And what remains could easily fit in a case that serves as both a wallet and iPhone protection.

E-commerce accessories company Edward Field exists to merge wallet and smartphone and its latest line called Cordura strays from the usual Italian leather of their product lines to cater to people active in outdoor leisure.